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MiaCulpa Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:15 PM
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Voters Bill of Rights
I imagine all states have a voters bill of rights, here in MI, the party has supplied copies to all registered voters via mail or by request. Find out if your state has them, and get copies to hand out to friends and neighbors, and take it with you to the polls!

Here are your rights for those without this leaflet:

Registration: You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election, or by Oct.10., 2006

Applicaton: At your precinct on election day, you must fill out an application to vote form showing your name and address. If your name is then found on the precinct voter list, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to receive a ballot and to vote.

No ID required: YOU have the right to vote without showing identification of any kind, including a photo ID. You do not have to show your voter ID card. First time voters must provide identification.

Right to vote if your name is missing: IF your name is not on the voter list at the precinct where you go to vote, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to vote a provisional ballot.

Right to vote free from harassment: You have the right to vote without being harassed by anyone, including being asked about child support, debts, or any other matter. The election officials have the obligation to protect you from harassment.

Right to use a sample ballot endorsement list, or slate card: You have a right to take these into the polling booth.

Right to vote a straight party ticket: You have the right to vote a straight party ticket if you so choose.

Right to vote a secret ballot: You have the right to vote a secret ballot.

Right to vote if in line when polls close: If you are standing in line when the polls close, you have the right to vote.

Right to instructions and sample ballot: You have the right to see a sample ballot and to ask for and receive instructions on all aspects of the voting process.

Right to assistance: If you are blind, disabled, or unable to read or write, you have the right to be assisted in the voting booth by a person of YOUR choosing so long as the person is NOT your employer, your employer's agent or an officer or agent in your union.

Right to correct mistakes: You have the right to a new ballot if you make mistakes on your ballot. If the ballot counting machine rejects your ballot because of errors, you have the right to receive a new ballot and vote AGAIN.

Right to take your time: You have the right to as much time as you need. Your voting time cannot be arbitrarily be limited.

Right of Felons to Vote: Felons have the right to vote if not in prison.

Right to vote if Challenged: Others can challenge your right to vote based on reliable information that you are ineligible because you are not 18, not a US citizen, or not a resident of the jurisdiction where you are voting. If you are challenged, you will be questioned by the elections inspector, and you have the right, after swearing truthfully to the facts of your eligibility, to receive and vote a challenged ballot.

Right to vote if you have moved: IF you have moved within 60 days of the election and have not changed your registration, you have the right to vote one last time in the precinct where you are registered if you have proper identification and also fill out a cancellation of your old registration and an application for registration at your new address. If you have moved within the same city or township, you will have to fill out an election day change of address notice.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THIS BILL OF RIGHTS INTO THE VOTING BOOTH WITH YOU!

Get your copy, and take it with you on election day!

If this has all been covered here recently already, my apologies.
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MiaCulpa Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:18 PM
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1. Election Protection Lawyer Hot Line
Toll Free

1-866-OUR-VOTE

(1-866-687-8683)

Bring that number along with you to the polls, as well as your cell phone.
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:28 PM
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2. Thanks for posting this information.
:hi:
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